The HTC Desire 816 first arrived on our radar back in February of this year during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As we head into the back end of May, we have finally managed to get our geeky paws on the device, bringing you an unboxing of the full HTC Desire 816 retail package, plus a first look at the device itself.
The HTC Desire 816 is a 5.5 inch phablet that sits squarely in the middle tier of the handset spectrum with an expected retail price of around $400 when it becomes available this week, with the initial role out happening in Europe and here in Asia.
The device runs the latest HTC Sense UI v6 atop Android 4.4.2, packing Qualcomm’s more affordable Snapdragon 400 platform backed by 1.5GB of RAM. The rear shooter is a 13MP camera plus LED Flash, the front side getting a 5MP cam. The 5.5 inch display has a resolution of 1280 x 720, i.e. 720p HD, not Full HD we see on today’s flagship devices. It is manufactured using Super LCD 2 technology and has a decent pixel count of 267ppi.
The retail box is typical HTC, and actually not so very different from what we also saw with the HTC One M8 recently – the contents, aside from the actual device, are pretty much identical. You are getting a pair of HTC headphones, USB cable and compatible charger. Other contents include warranty info and guides about installing the nano SIM card etc. The packaging itself is also pretty eco-friendly, quoted as being 98% recyclable, 76% fast renewable and it’s all printed using Soy Ink. Check out the video below.
Our initial feelings towards the HTC Desire 816 are overwhelmingly positive. We have literally started loading up games and benchmarks as soon as we finished the unboxing, so expect to see plenty of coverage in the next day or so, including the full review of course.